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Monday, April 18, 2011

A Change Is Gonna Come

I generally don't like to announce things when I start doing them, or think of them, because I have had issues in the past with following through. Be it because I am a Mom, have ADHD, or am just too scatterbrained sometimes, my list of things to do gets larger by the day.

8 weeks ago I entered into a "biggest loser" type challenge with some of my girlfriends. None of us live in the same city, so it was all done online as far as supporting each other, sharing triumphs and setbacks, weigh-ins, etc. We weighed in every week, we held ourselves accountable, and we made it a monetary based challenge. Great motivator, yes?

I starting tracking my calories (I highly recommend the MyPlate feature over at LIVESTRONG) and was stunned by the amount of garbage I was putting in to my body. I don't tend to overeat but what I DO find time to eat was no good for me. I decided then and there to make a complete lifestyle change. I started working out every day, eating healthy, and generally kicking butt!

On Friday we did our final weigh-in to determine the challenge winner. Lo and behold, I won! In 8 weeks I have lost 24 lbs and countless inches off my body. I am now completely and utterly addicted to going to the gym. I get alone time, I work out and get those lovely endorphins, and the feeling from losing weight carries over into every day confidence. That and losing weight is a fantastic reason to buy new clothes!

I have miles to go, and probably won't complete my ultimate goal until summer 2012, but I'm making progress, and that's more than enough to keep me motivated.

What's your motivation this Monday?

2 comments:

Kaisey said...

You so totally rock :) thanks for making me work as hard as I did! Can't wait for round 2....but you're going down! I'm gonna win!!!!

Tera said...

You're going down, woman!! <3

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